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Will Straightening My Teeth Improve Oral Health?
March 10, 2018
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Orthodontic treatments aren’t just for giving you a straight smile. Correcting crooked teeth will also result in better oral health because having crooked and overcrowded teeth can make great oral hygiene difficult to achieve.

Can you benefit from a straighter, healthier smile?

Health Benefits of Straight Teeth

Your crooked teeth can be direct cause of other problems you may be facing with your smile including weakened tooth enamel, low self-esteem, and poor dental checkups.

Straightening your teeth comes with the added benefits of:

Making Your Teeth Easier To Clean

Crowded teeth that are overlapping and misaligned are much more difficult to properly clean because simple oral hygiene care like brushing and flossing can be hard to do. Being unable to successfully reach all the surfaces of your teeth leads to plaque buildup and tooth decay.

Giving You Healthier Gums

Straightening your teeth helps your gums too by allowing your gum tissue to properly fit more securely around the teeth. When your teeth are too widely spaced apart, or overcrowded, the gum tissue surrounding them easily becomes inflamed and can even lead to periodontal disease.

Improving Your Self-Esteem

Being confident in your smile is directly linked to your self-esteem and how you view yourself. When you’re confident in yourself, that confidence trickles down to others around you and can truly change a person’s life.

Eliminating Headaches or Neck Pain

Everything in your mouth is connected, and when your teeth are improperly aligned this placed excessive stress on the gums and the bone that supports the structure of your teeth. Misaligned teeth also cause jaw pain which leads to chronic headaches and neck pain in some.

Abnormal Tooth Wear

When your teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause the teeth to rub against each other in a harmful way when you bite down or chew. Over time, this leads to abnormal wearing of the surfaces of your teeth.

Decrease In Tooth Decay

Tooth decay and gum disease that are associated with crooked teeth can lead to mouth sores, bleeding gums and possible tooth loss if the decay is unable to be effectively treated, or not caught in time by your dentist.

But do I actually need to straighten my teeth?

Only you can determine if straightening your smile is something you want to pursue. If the thought of adult braces or fear of the unknown is keeping you from achieving your dream smile, Hinsdale Dentistry is here to help!

Your teeth will benefit from orthodontic treatment if you:

  • Are self conscious about your crooked teeth
  • Have a misaligned bite that causes difficulty in chewing or biting together
  • Suffer from jaw pain or disfunction
  • Often bite your tongue, cheeks, or lips
  • Have frequent cavities from being unable to properly clean your teeth with a toothbrush or floss

Is now the right time to start adult orthodontic treatment?

If you’ve always been hesitant about pursuing orthodontic treatment in the past because of the appearance of metal braces, it’s time to put your fear aside and allow yourself to achieve a straighter, healthier smile with the help of Hinsdale Dentistry and Invisalign.

Invisalign is an alternative straightening method that allows teens and adults to realign their teeth without having to live with the daily presence of traditional metal brackets and wires.

How Much Work Is Invisalign?

Alternative orthodontics like Invisalign allow patients to achieve a perfect smile without the hassle and fuss of mental braces. Since Invisalign aligner trays are removable, treatment success depends upon patient actions. We’re there to help guide the trays and your teeth into proper alignment every 6 weeks, but having success with Invisalign is up to you and it’s critical for you to follow through with:

  1. Wearing your aligners 20-22 hours a day, every day.
  2. Thoroughly cleaning your teeth after eating and drinking to ensure your teeth stay healthy and cavity free.
  3. Attending check-up appointments throughout the Invisalign process so we can monitor your progress to ensure your treatment isn’t prolonged.
  4. Switching to new aligners on schedule to keep your teeth on track

Ready to learn more and take the first step toward straighter teeth and better dental checkups? Give us a call and schedule a consultation to see if you’re a great candidate for Invisalign.

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